Fallow Deer at Our Long Island Zoo

Long Island Fallow Deer

The Fallow Deer is a ruminant mammal belonging to the family Cervidae. It has a brown coat with white mottles that are most pronounced in the summertime. Variants that are completely white or completely black have been known, but are very rare in the wild.

The Fallow Deer is over 4 feet long, with a 7-inch tail. It can weigh up to 220 pounds. Its antlers are broad and shovel-like. Its habitat is mixed woodland and open grassland. The males stay on their own and only join the females when in rut at the end of October.

The fallow deer was spread across central Europe and Britain by the Romans. The Normans kept them for hunting in the royal forests. Since the 18th century, they were released into the wild for hunting purposes. The fallow deer is easily tamed and is often kept semi-domesticated in parks today, like the Long Island Game Farm.